VMworld 2015 – VMware’s Focus on Mobile to Data Center Infrastructure Management

vmworld2015_usaVMworld has come and gone again this year. The company’s product line has grown tremendously over the last few years and the ambition to be the leader in management of mobile devices to cloud infrastructure can be seen through some key highlights from VMworld 2015 that articulate VMware’s strategy:

Increased focus on End User Computing – Very noticeable at VMworld was Sanjay Poonen’s message on universal application delivery and device management regardless of the type of device or operating system.

“A fundamental technology shift is underway as organizations seek to embrace and capitalize on business mobility,” said Sanjay Poonen, general manager and executive vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. “The opportunity for transformative change is massive, and VMware is innovating like never before. Our industry-leading VMware End-User Computing product portfolio is uniquely positioned to help customers navigate this transition to the mobile-cloud era.”

The big surprise to many came from VMware’s public demonstration of partnership with rival Microsoft. VMware launched “Project A2 to accelerate Windows 10 adoption and brought Microsoft executive Jim Alkove on stage to show how the eco-system for cloud and end-user computing is evolving. Windows 10 will drive a major industry shift due to its mobile-cloud focus. Businesses upgrading to the new operating system will need to embrace a new mobile-centric approach to delivering and managing applications. Project A2 can accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 by eliminating the costly and complex process of managing and upgrading Windows PCs and applications by using AirWatch enterprise mobile management (EMM) coupled with new VMware App Volumes application delivery technology.

Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) – VMware continues to focus on hybrid cloud management and at VMworld the company  introduced VMware EVO SDDC (previously EVO: RACK) a fully automated software suite for delivering the software-defined data center as an integrated system. Enterprises and service providers will be able to use VMware EVO SDDC to deploy a software-defined data center at scale. With VMware EVO SDDC, IT organizations can meet key data center scale initiatives, ranging from application and infrastructure delivery automation to business mobility to high availability and resilient infrastructure, without compromising security, control or choice. The enhancement of this product will help EVO OEMs deliver SDDC in packaged format to their entevmw-dashborad-lgrprise customers. VMware EVO SDDC will include foundational components of VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure – VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX which will enable the convergence of compute, storage and networking onto a single, integrated layer of software that can run on any commodity x86 infrastructure. For physical and virtual resource management VMware EVO SDDC Manager, a new intelligent automation engine will simplify and significantly reduce the time required for power-up, provisioning and monitoring of these resources.

Overall, VMware is very bullish on its Unified Hybrid Cloud strategy:

“Digital business transformation is creating new opportunities and new risks across every industry,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president and general manager, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware. “Applications are the fuel of this digital business transformation. With our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device™ strategy and our unified hybrid cloud platform, VMware is empowering the next wave of industry leaders to deliver applications with the stability, security and reliability of an enterprise, while allowing organizations to innovate with the agility of a startup.”

The company also announced expanded public cloud services with additions to
VMware vCloud® Air including new Disaster Recovery Services, Object Storage and Air SQL database services. So if you are an existing Airwatch customer and are considering Windows 10 deployments, you probably found the show interesting. And then there were pockets of announcements e.g. EVO: SDDC that may have excited OEMs and enterprises looking for new public cloud services from VMware.

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